Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Left and (the futility of) electoral reform

My Compass thinkpiece, which uses Iversen and Soskice's theory of class coalitions under different electoral systems to advocate PR in the UK, is now published here (I'm down as Jonathon Hopkins).

Just in time for Iversen and Soskice to publish a piece arguing that PR and redistribution are in fact spuriously correlated (click here for link). In this latest article, the root cause of both are economic institutions in the 19th century which entrenched business-labour cooperation (guilds etc). If they're right, my advocacy of PR comes over a century too late.